REIGNING champions South Augusta made a strong statement with an emphatic win over a promising PropRisdon Lions side.
The Bulldogs fielded a weakened side, with key players such as Lionel Brown, Liam Bury and Simon Brusnahan, as well as co-captains Adam Grantham and Caleb Ritter, all out of action.
However, this made no difference to their level of intensity and pressure around the ball, as they led for the whole game and ran out 35-point victors.
The Lions knew they would be in for a tough day from the get-go, with Bulldogs gun Brendon Colson in blistering form, booting four first half goals.
Along with Billy-Joe Russell, he was unstoppable and Lions had no answers for the relentless South pressure.
Lions’ Jordan Fuller continued to try hard and had some moments for the highlight reel, but had little support from his teammates.
Tyler Eckert and Luke Patterson both had fantastic games and young Matthias Brown seems an exciting prospect for the Lions’ future.
Matt Downey must be in contention for the Madigan Medal, as he continues to dominate his opponents each and every week in the ruck.
Brett Jones and Harry Holland found plenty of the ball, while Kahran McKenzie has had a string of good games and continued his good form.
Brendon Colson kicked five without his partner in crime Lionel Brown, while Zack Millar booted two as he continues to find his feet at the top level.
South jump ahead of West in the fight for second position on the ladder, while the loss for Lions has increased the previously slim chances of Port or Central Augusta playing finals football, although neither team seems to be performing at that standard.
Solomontown v West Augusta
West Augusta slumped to a 58-point loss to Solomontown at Port Oval in the top of the table clash.
Sollies dominated the match from the start, leading at every change, while West was only able to convert three goals all game.
The Cats shared the goals, with four players kicking two goals each, while Corey Davey continued his dominant form in a best-on-ground performance.
Christopher Johnston, Joe Packard, Tyron Warren, Nicholas Collins and Tom Hore stood out for the Hawks, with Adam Nicol, Adam Bentley and Raymond Stapleton scoring one goal each.
After winning their first four matches, the Hawks have lost four of their last six, sliding into third position on equal points with second-placed South Augusta.
The Cats are red-hot favourites for the 2017 SGL premiership, extending their lead at the top of the ladder to six points.